My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1260: Time to Plan

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-04-2014 12:14 PM 1900 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1259: A Word of Caution Part 1260 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 1261: Scroll Saw Class Entries Updated »

I woke up this morning to bright sunshine. I think it is a good indication as to how the day will be. I have so many ‘irons on the fire’ that I need to watch myself so that I can keep on a good track and accomplish as much as I can. So many times if I have a lot on the go, I get overwhelmed and find myself spinning my wheels in place trying to decide which direction to head first. But mapping out a plan and keeping my thoughts organized is truly necessary for me to keep making progress.

There’s that word again . . . “organization.”

As much as some people dread the term, I find it absolutely essential to function and keep things going in a positive direction. I have proven this theory to myself time and time again, as when I back off and just ‘see what the day brings’ I find that I accomplish very little comparatively to the days when I map things out. Even if I don’t achieve everything that I set out to do, it is more satisfying for me to check off even HALF of my list than aimlessly do this or that. By listing things I find that it frees my mind to concentrate on the task at hand, and not be thinking of what I may be missing.

These days, my list is long. Now we are into the month of March, and within a few weeks we will be getting ready to leave for our trip to New York to teach four scroll sawing classes at the NWA Showcase.

Four – three hour classes in two days is a busy time. Especially since the show is only running from 10am to 5pm. Our classes will run from 10:30 until 1:30 and 2pm until 5pm on both days. It will allow us very little time to enjoy the show or speak with the general public. In looking at that on paper, I somewhat wish that we would have planned it a bit differently. But for this year that is the schedule, so we will have to see how it will work.

We have been putting a great deal of consideration into what we will be teaching. We wanted to gear the class to beginners and those who are not really familiar with the scroll saw, yet keep it interesting enough so that those with some experience can still enjoy and learn from it. We found that when we were in New York in the autumn and taught some classes there that while several hours seems like a lot of time, there is so much information to share that it is difficult not to overwhelm the students. We are going to try to go over as much information as we can in the allocated time frame, and we are also planning to provide the students with a written summary of the information that we are presenting. That way we can concentrate on executing the ideas rather than documenting them, as each one will have a small notebook to take home with them to better review what we will be teaching. I think that this approach will be the best way to teach this type of class, and I hope it works out as I think it will.

We are going to have each student create one of the motifs from my LL1014 Little Leaves Horses pattern.

This will show many different aspects of scrolling and allow the students to try a variety of techniques during class and also practice more of them at home afterwards. We hope that the pattern will help them get a feel for things and by working on the piece in class, we will be able to address any questions or issues they may have regarding it.

We are looking forward to the trip and also to seeing some of our friends again and meeting new friends for the first time. It promises to be a fun week. I will certainly keep you all updated on it as we approach the date.

Besides that, I am finishing up another pattern for the next site update. We hope to update things by next week, and I want to have some new projects in place, as does Keith.

In addition to that, I have two projects and an article that I am working on for the next magazine deadline. I am still waiting for some supplies, but they should arrive through the mail any day now and I will have the green light to continue with them.

Oh – and we are going to be cutting the second half of our large wholesale order tomorrow. That will take up most of the day.

So much to do! But it is all fun and all good. Lately I really enjoy my business more than ever. It isn’t difficult to work hard for something when you are able to see such positive results. I thank you all for that.

With that said, it is time for me to get to it. I can’t wait to get started today!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

All the flowers of all of the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” – Chinese Proverb

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 03-04-2014 01:29 PM

Really like the horses on the leaves designs.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 03-04-2014 01:59 PM

Thank you Roger. It was a design I did earlier on in my “career” and it is still pretty popular today. People like horses and woodworking and horses just seem to go together well.

Have a great day, my friend! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 03-04-2014 09:55 PM

What a great project for your lesson at the show. I agree that giving out handouts is way better than note taking during the class. Your students will come away very happy, I’ll bet.
Rain mixed with big fat flakes of snow today. A good day to be inside painting.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#4 posted 03-05-2014 12:20 PM

Thank you Anna! You are always so kind and supportive! We got additional snow as well. Apparently winter is still going strong! :)

Have a great day!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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